MMG’s leader claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as God Forgives, I Don’t opens in the top spot with his largest opening-week sum.
Carrie Underwood scores her third No.1 album as her fourth set, Blown Away, debuts atop the Billboard 200 with 267,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Madonna scores her eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with the debut of MDNA.
Released March 26, MDNA sold 359,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, becoming Madonna’s fifth consecutive No. 1 debut. It follows 2008’s Hard Candy, which moved 280,000 in its first week. MDNA posts her best sales week since 2000’s Music shifted 420,000 when it debuted at No. 1.
Madonna remains in second place among women with the most No. 1 albums. She now needs only one more No. 1 to tie Barbra Streisand, the leader among women with nine chart-toppers, according to Billboard.
Across the pond, MDNA opened atop the U.K. albums chart, becoming her 12th chart-topper in the country. With this feat, Madonna overtook Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most chart-topping albums in the market. The album sold 56,000 copies last week, according to the Official Charts Company.
Madonna’s span of album bestsellers began in September 1985, when “Like A Virgin” climbed to the summit, ten months after it first charted. She achieved two further No. 1 albums in the 1980s, three in the 1990s (including the “Evita” soundtrack, which also featured other artists), and five in the 2000s. She now pulls clear of Presley’s collection of 11 titles.
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In a week where Adele reigns supreme on Billboard’s Top 200, Katy Perry rockets to the top spot on the Hot 100 with “Part of Me,” the lead single from her Teenage Dream re-release, The Complete Confection (due March 27).
As expected, Drake’s Take Care lands at No.1 on Billboard’s Top 200 this week.
Indie rapper Mac Miller has a lot to celebrate this week. His first album, Blue Slide Park, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 144,000 copies. Though a softer entry than some industry sources expected, Miller can rest knowing Blue Slide Park is the first independently-distributed debut album by an act to hit No. 1 since 1995.
The last (and only previous) was Tha Dogg Pound’s “Dogg Food.” It started in the penthouse on the chart dated Nov. 18, 1995, with 278,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. “Dogg” was released on Death Row/Interscope, but independently distributed via Priority. “Blue Slide” is a Rostrum Records release, distributed by INgrooves via Fontana Distribution (Universal Music Group Distribution’s indie arm).
“Blue Slide” is the second indie-distributed No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this year, following Cake’s “Showroom of Compassion.” The latter arrived atop the tally on the list dated Jan. 29, 2011. Last year, we saw three indie leaders: Vampire Weekend’s “Contra,” the charity compilation “Hope for Haiti Now” and Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs.” – Billboard